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The window of opportunity: baby brain development

The first days after birth are very important for the development of the baby. We discover what happens during those days and why they are fundamental in the life of the newborn.

The experience during the first years of life are not just memories, but it is fundamental in the construction of the brain. But there is also another very important factor to consider: time.

Experience and time are related to the formation of the brain after the birth of the child, but just as experience does not have an expiration date, time does. The window of opportunity is known as the limited time in which it is possible to stimulate a certain neuronal area to influence the creation of interconnections.

How long does this window stay open?

Usually this window opens at the time of birth (although it can be even before or a little after) and closes irretrievably after a certain period of time depending on the functions we are talking about. In general we can say that from 0 to 10 years the brain remains under construction, but certain windows have been closed before this period and others will never be closed.

Our brain operates on the principle “use it or lose it forever”. If an area is not stimulated in time, neurons die and it is no longer possible to regain that function. Thus, the senses such as sight and hearing close their window of opportunity long before the ability to feel emotions or behavior. For its part, language is known to close the window of opportunity according to the syntax at five or six years of age, however the window for adding new words never closes.

In this sense, the learning of other simultaneous languages ​​is natural until at age 6 that window closes and the child can achieve real bilingualism. However, after the window closes, the second language will not be so entrenched. An example is the fact of pronunciation, certain sounds exist in some languages ​​and not in others, so the child will always speak one of the languages ​​with an accent as those sounds have not been exercised but learned a posteriori.

Some experiments that corroborate this theory

In the 70s an experiment was carried out with kittens. A healthy kitten had one eye covered from birth for several weeks. After uncovering it, it was found that he did not have vision in that eye nor was he able to acquire it later.

The number of connections between the retina of the covered eye and the part of the brain responsible for vision was found to be miniscule compared to the uncovered eye. The conclusion was clear: it is necessary to provide the right stimuli for a precise period of time for the brain structure to form correctly.

This phenomenon has also been observed in birds. It is proven that there are species of birds that do not learn to sing if they have not heard their song before. Well, the period for these birds to learn to sing opens twenty-five or thirty days after hatching and closes about fifty days later.

So what happens in the first days of my baby’s brain?

Despite its enormous complexity, the brain of a baby is the least formed organ at the time of its birth, since the narrowness of the birth canal greatly limits its volume.

In the first days of a baby’s life, the brain grows dramatically. Your brain is a huge collection of neurons, waiting to form the intricate adult brain structure that will allow you to speak, read, reason, and feel all kinds of emotions.

Some of the neurons already have a specific mission and their function has been activated by genes to carry out basic survival tasks outside the womb, such as breathing, crying or sucking. But there are billions of neurons that have not yet been activated and that have the potential to be part of any future brain process.

As or more important than neurons are the connections that are established between them to form neural circuits or networks. While an isolated neuron performs a simple mission, millions of them interconnected with each other are capable of performing the most complex tasks.

What do we have to know as educators?

It is vitally important that educators are aware of these learning periods. Early stimulation plays a decisive role in the long-term effects of child development. Experts say that children who are exposed to stimulating environments are capable of overcoming certain developmental problems and significantly increase their potential for learning throughout life.

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